Core Provisions: This legislation would amend the Family and Medical Leave Act to allow employees to take leave to address domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking and their effects. Employees could also take leave under the Act to care for a family member addressing these issues. The bill defines “addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking and their effects” broadly to include seeking medical attention or legal assistance related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking; attending support groups; obtaining psychological counseling; participating in safety planning; and participating in any other activity which must be undertaken during hours of employment and is necessitated by domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. The bill would also include same-sex spouses and domestic partners under the Act.
Status: H.R. 2515 was introduced by Rep. Woolsey (D-CA) on May 20, 2009 and referred to the committees on Education and Labor; Oversight and Government Reform; and Administration.